Monthly Archives: February 2012

How the CDC responds to global emerging infections: a conversation with Scott Dowell

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This is the second in a series of conversations with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussing the CDC’s role in global health and connections with HIV and TB activities. The following interview is with Scott Dowell, MD, MPH.  Dr. Dowell is the Director of the Division of Global Disease Detection […]

CDC at the frontlines of TB research in Kenya: a conversation with Kayla Laserson

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This is the first in a series of conversations with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussing the CDC’s role in global HIV and tuberculosis research and development.  The following interview is with Kayla Laserson, Director of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/CDC Field Research Station in Kisumu, Kenya. Dr. Laserson […]

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget: Health Research, R&D, and the CDC Flat or Declining Budgets

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The National Institutes of Health is slated for a flat budget request of almost $31 billion in the Administration’s budget released today.  If Congress approves this budget request, the NIH will continue to fund only a modest fraction of approved and meritorious grants. The nation’s lead public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and […]

PEPFAR Raided to Meet Global Fund Pledge in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

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The Obama administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget today with a proposed $1.65 billion funding level—an increase of 57 percent over FY 2012 – for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to meet the U.S. pledge of $4 billion over 3 years.  This substantial and welcome budget request for the Global fund clearly […]

USAID releases final RFA for new university engagement partnership program

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Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the final Higher Education Solutions Network Request for Applications (RFA) to create partnerships with universities and colleges at a White House briefing Wednesday. The RFA is a five-year program to partner with universities to support multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches to development.  Awards are available […]

Expert panel strategizes to repeal the federal ban on funding for syringe exchange

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(The following guest blog post is by Yale University senior Helen Jack) “The federal ban on needle exchange funding is institutional stigma,” said Allan Clear, executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, to an audience of nearly 100 students and community members at a Yale University auditorium Wednesday night. By reinstating the federal ban on funding for syringe exchange programs, Clear said the government sends the wrong message…

NIH launches program to ease access to technologies for humanitarian efforts

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At a White House briefing Wednesday morning on science, technology and innovation for global development, head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Francis Collins announced a new effort to increase access to innovative technologies for those working to provide broad global access to technologies, products and services…

The effect of delayed HIV diagnosis on life expectancy, drug resistant cases of TB increasing worldwide, and more…

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The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. Quantifying the Effect of Delayed HIV Diagnosis on Life Expectancy: This article in AIDS details a computer simulation model that predicts changes in life expectancy based on when a patient is diagnosed with HIV, assuming antiretroviral […]

HIV docs tell a powerful tale of combination prevention

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“This is an extraordinary moment in the AIDS epidemic – we finally have the tools to turn the tide,” said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, speaking to the arsenal of HIV prevention interventions the AIDS community now has at its disposal to combat new infections worldwide. She spoke alongside a […]

Inaccurate TB blood tests commonplace in many TB high-burden countries

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Although recent press attention has highlighted the problematic use of TB serological tests by medical providers in India, a new paper in The European Respiratory Journal (Widespread use of serological tests for tuberculosis: data from 22 high-burden countries) demonstrates that the use of these tests is much wider spread. Drs. J. Grenier and M. Pai conducted […]